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Spring turkey, black bear permit applications due Dec. 10

From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until close of business on Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for Wisconsinís spring turkey and black bear hunting seasons.

Preliminary permit levels for the spring turkey season are set at 225,420 total permits, not including Fort McCoy or State Park & Disabled-only Hunting Zones. This is the same number of permits available to hunters during the 2011 spring season. Final permit levels are not set until after the close of the fall turkey season but will likely not differ significantly from preliminary permit levels.

Total permits available for the 2012 black bear hunt has not yet been determined. The Natural Resources Board will discuss black bear quotas and harvest permit levels at its January 2012 meeting.

Applications for each of these two permit drawings cost $3 and may be purchased through the Online Licensing Center online at

Applications are also available at all authorized license agents, at DNR Service Centers or by calling toll free (877)945-4236. Applications postmarked after the Dec.10deadline, or those which have been filled out incorrectly, will not be considered for the drawings.

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